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Memorial Day

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Iwaso dinner


Iwaso is not exactly an inexpensive place to stay. Not that it isn’t worth it; I’d gladly pay more. Part of the reason is the many courses of a fabulous dinner served right in your room. From what I could see online, the food looked like fish, fish, and more fish. I’m not a big fan of fish. So I asked for something a little different. They delivered. My main course was sukiyaki.

Today’s photo was of one of the appetizers. Fish was included, and it was good.

Ducks headed to Oklahoma

Oregon Ducks Softball Alyssa Gillespie

Oregon Ducks Softball – Alyssa Gillespie


With today’s victory over NC State, the Oregon Ducks are once again headed to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Games for the final eight teams begin May 28.

Gillespie had an RBI single in Oregon’s big 4th inning this afternoon in Eugene.

Pepeekeo Scenic Drive

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Big Island of Hawaii north of Hilo

If you ever find yourself on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii head north up the coast. Not far beyond Hilo is a sign for a scenic drive or scenic road or Old Mamalahoa Highway to the right. Don’t miss it! This road also has the botanical garden (but we didn’t stop there for a visit). This drive is awesome. Go slow, and feel free to stop if you see something cool. There is a really neat bay (Onomea Bay), but there is also a rain forest to drive through. We pulled over as the kids wanted to jump off the bridge into the waterfall-fed pond with the locals. However, they chickened out and merely went for a swim near the spot where I took today’s photo.

Ducks on ESPNU tonight

Oregon Ducks Softball Koral Costa

Oregon Ducks Softball – Koral Costa

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The University of Oregon Ducks have made the Sweet Sixteen (AKA the Super Regionals) this year. They need to win two against North Carolina State to be one of the eight teams to advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma. Game time (5/22/15) is 6 p.m. PST in Eugene. If you aren’t in Eugene (or if you are but don’t have a ticket as the games have been sold out for a couple days now), you can watch the game on ESPNU.

These will be the last two (or three) games at Howe Field (after 80 years of use) as it will be torn down to make way for the new Jane Sanders Stadium, where the Ducks will play their 2016 season.

Junior Koral Costa is hitting .367 this year, with 15 home runs in just 139 at bats.

No peeping photos

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No peeping photos (盗撮) sign @ Shakujii River near Oji Station in Tokyo

After taking photos of kids playing in the river I saw this sign telling me not to take photos of kids in the river. I had left my hat, sunglasses, and mask at home, though, so maybe I was OK.

The Japanese like rules. The rules are posted all over everything, even though it’s tough to imagine them doing the things the signs say not to do. In addition, the signs are frequently an eyesore; they tell people to keep things pretty when the scenery would in fact look prettier without the sign.

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